Tuesday, 31 January 2012

It's about time.....

My name is Caroline and I have a confession to make. Until a few weeks ago I had never sat behind the wheel of a car. Well, I am BRILLIANT at dodgems, but a REAL car? No.

I moved to London when I was 17, met the OH at 19 and have lived in Central (ish) London ever since. In the early days we didn't need a car, then we started the family and couldn't afford a car, then we had more kids, then I focused on my career...blah bah blah.

I've come to realise that learning to drive is similar to having a baby. There's never a right time but you'll know when its necessary/you absolutely need to...

Suddenly I was 42 and still not driving. And it had become not only embarrassing, but a massive inconvenience. I am now at the age where I want to be able to pick my older kids up when they're out late or far away (boys if you're reading this - I am NOT going to become a taxi) - and the deciding factor was a week late last year when both of my parents had a 'procedure' two days apart from each other. The thought of relying on British Rail to get me up North in a hurry was terrifying. Enough.

So the first payment on my bank card for 2012 was for driving lessons. And this morning I passed my theory test. 
I'm booking my test today and as much as I dreaded the lessons at the beginning - I'm now beginning to enjoy them.

Will keep you posted on my progress but for the love of car crashes please keep your fingers crossed for this old bird?!

17 comments:

  1. Well done! I am so glad I did mine back when I was 18 before it got so hard, not sure I'd pass again now, so even bigger congrats!

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  2. i learnt to drive whilst i was at uni... it wasnt all that bad and now im so glad that i can drive. you will do great :D

    www.missmathful.blogspot.com

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  3. Good Luck!!! I have been driving since I was 18 and love the freedom of being able to pop up to where-ever I need to go without having to check bus or train time-tables.

    The best advice my instructor gave me is to think of all the pedals and levers and observation checks like its steps in a dance. Once you get into it is really easy!

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  4. Congrats on passing your theory and good luck with the practical. It's so true what you say about never putting it off until you absoutely need it. Living in London I never thought I'd need it until I was sent to some really far places for uni placements. Now I really regret not getting a car for this year, it would have made life sooooo much easier! x

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  5. Well done on passing your theory! It's the best feeling ever to know you're one step closer to being able to drive - good luck with the rest of your lessons! :)

    Rhiannon xx

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  6. I can't drive either. Got a D for dangerous on my test. TWICE.

    But the minute I have some spare money I will be trying again

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  7. Congrats on passing the theory! That's a bugger, I had to do it twice as the first one expired before I passed my test! (I gave up manual and went with auto in the end, much easier for me!) Good luck, and you'll love it when you're free!!! x

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  8. Well done Mrs! I don't drive either and I really should learn :(

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  9. Congrats on the first hurdle. I started to learn before I went to uni, then couldn't afford to continue while I was there (London) and I've been wondering if I should bite the bullet and start again. Well done you! x

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  10. Good luck, lady! I keep nagging my best friend to get behind the wheel but she keeps making excuses. She's moved 90 miles away from london to the middle of nowhere and needing a car has never mattered more as local transport is very limited and commuting to the next town for work is a nightmare with infrequent trains. Passing my test wasn't easy 11 years ago but thanks to mum, I didn't give up. It's the one exam I'm most proud of passing (don't care about the degree). Just being able to nip to Homebase rather than wait for a bus for an hour makes such a difference.

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  11. Yay well done, I learned in 2010 and I wasnt a natural driver so found it hard but so glad I did. Plenty of people learn to drive a bit later in life!

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  12. Living in London really doesn't lend itself to the need does it? Good for you! I had lessons at 17 but didn't get to a test, wasn't until I was 27 that I tried again. Well done on biting the bullet. x

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  13. I passed my driving test when I was 27 and living in Germany, when I moved back to the UK I gave up driving as I could not get used to a right hand drive car, let alone driving on the left side of the road. I completely lost my confidence and I didn't drive for 12 years, I then booked myself a few refresher lessons at the age of 42, they were a complete disaster, my OH then suggested an automatic, my life was transformed. Good luck Caroline x

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  14. Well done C! Mr. L passed his test when he was 36 - I'd flippin' had enough of being the only one who could drive to the inlaws in the NE. It weren't easy but he got there and the feeling when you pass is quite unlike anything else, honestly!

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  15. Well done on passing your theory and good luck with your lessons! I am 30 this year and I’m currently having lessons – just booked my test today eeek! I put it off for years and always had something would rather spend the money on. It terrified me but I have found an instructor who I like and I can honestly say its not that bad any more. I’ll never enjoy driving, especially living in a city centre, but it is something I need to learn. It was also annoying me how many people who can drive who are clearly rubbish and I hadn’t passed my test!
    x

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  16. Late to the party, but I'm learning to drive too, I started in September last year. I passed my theory 2nd time, and so far I've failed the practical twice, and I was devastated both times and really close to giving up! But I need to do it, my life will change completely, and I have my own little car sitting on our drive that I can't drive unless OH is with me! So my test is booked for the end of Feb, fingers crossed it's 3rd time lucky!
    Good Luck with your driving test, and we'll get rid of those 'L' plates soon!!

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  17. First of all, I love that you call it British Rail. :-) ahh....those were the days.

    And secondly, I'm 29 and also spent most of my life living in London and/or being too poor to drive. However,I am determined to get my licence before the big 3-0.

    Good luck!
    x

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